Peter Beinart and Dana El Kurd on Mahmoud Abbas

Thursday
September 14, 2023

Join Jewish Currents for a virtual conversation between Dana El Kurd, assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond and author of the book, Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine, and editor-at-large Peter Beinart. El Kurd is one of the world’s authorities on what has happened to the Palestinian national movement since the Oslo agreement and how it produced the current leadership of Mahmoud Abbas. She is also a signatory to the new “open letter” condemning Abbas’ comments about the Holocaust.

This conversation is co-sponsored with The Beinart Notebook, a weekly newsletter written by Peter Beinart.

Dana El Kurd is assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond. She holds a PhD in government with concentrations in comparative politics and international relations, and has focused her work on authoritarian regimes in the Arab world, state-society relations in these countries, and the impact of international intervention.

She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as PS Political Science & Politics, Journal of Global Security Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Siyasat Arabiya, Contemporary Arab Affairs, Parameters, and more. Her book, Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine, was published in 2020 with Oxford University Press.

Peter Beinart teaches national reporting and opinion writing at the Newmark J-School and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, an MSNBC political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

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